Updated May 22, 2020

The Latest Update on the Coronavirus and Township Services

During these trying times, Township officials want you to know that, as much as possible, it's business as usual at the Township.  The staff, Board of Trustees, commissions and other community services continue to communicate and keep the Township running via telephone, texts, email, and remote meetings using teleconferencing and video conferencing.  Many of us are polishing up on or learning new skills/technology.  The Township Hall is closed to the public with most staff working from home, and with some personnel working limited hours as needed to perform essential tasks.  Police and Fire services continue as usual.  Following the Governor's Executive Order, the Hall closing and sheltering in place remains in effect through June 12th.  If you have questions or wish to communicate information, you may phone the Township Hall at (269) 429-7703 to leave a message or you may email staff or send a general email message to info@sjct.org as staff will checking email and telephone messages daily.  You may also use postage mail or the drop box to the left of the Township Hall entrance as both will continued to be collected and checked Monday thru Friday.   

How to Apply for Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing permits while the office is closed to the public 

Applications can be obtained on the website sjct.org. For the online application > click departments > building department > and the type of application needed 

Turning in and payment for permit applications can be done by:           

Mailing in with payment             

Emailing application and calling in using a credit card (leave a voicemail for a call back) (3% fee added) 

Dropping off in the drop box with the exact amount (call 269-429-7703 and leave a voicemail for a call back with exact BP fee) 

Review and issuance of the permit will be completed as normal and a copy will be mailed to you.

If you have any questions or need to schedule and inspection, feel free to contact us at:  

Office:                                     269-429-7703             

Building Inspector:                   269-930-2453            

Electrical Inspector:                  269-471-5869        

Plumb/Mech Inspector:             269-287-0425

All inspections to be handled as normal by contacting the listed inspector above. 

Township Parks Closing Update

Township parks will be closed to the public through June 12th, following the Governor's Executive Order.  Township trails are open to the public.  If you choose to enjoy our trails be sure to practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 

Dog Leash Law - 

Click here for an announcement concerning the Township's Dog Leash Law

National Night Out - Date Change

The date for National Night Out will be changed in 2020. Click here for further information.

2020 Road Maintenance – 

This year’s Berrien County Road Department maintenance schedule for St. Joseph Charter Township local roads includes:  Tucker Drive Subdivision with Ultra-Thin HMA to the road surface to an average of three quarters inch on Tucker Drive, Valley Lane, Westwood Drive, Heights Drive, Field Drive, Wadena Road, Carley Lane and McLin Road for 1.73 miles.  Lu-Al Subdivision with HMA as needed up to 50 tons per square mile then sealcoat on River Bend Drive, Lora Drive, Lawdon Drive and Lu-Al Drive for .91 miles.  Samuel Avenue Subdivision with HMA as needed up to 50 tons per square mile then sealcoat on Samuel Avenue, Spencer Street, and Riverview Court for .57 miles.  Roncy Road Subdivision with HMA as needed up to 50 tons per square mile then sealcoat on Roncy Road, Marral Drive and Fairview Drive for .50 miles.
In addition, primary road work for Napier Avenue that did not occur in 2019 is back on the schedule for this spring.

Park Pavilion Reservations and COVID-19

If you have made a 2020 Township park pavilion reservation you may be wondering, “What happens now?”

In normal times, i.e. no COVID-19, your park pavilion reservation rental fee would not be refundable but, with life as it is, the Township will be flexible.

Parks will not be opened as long as the Governor’s Stay at Home Order is in effect. If an extension of the stay at home order occurs and your reservation falls on a date during that time, you will be refunded the full amount of your park pavilion reservation rental fee.

You may also contact the Township to change your reservation to a date later in the summer, subject to availability. If you switch to a later date the Township will hold your full rental fee received with the original reservation to secure the new date. If a suitable date is not available you will be refunded the full amount of your park pavilion reservation rental fee. All future dates are also subject to the Governor’s stay at home order.

As long as the Governor has a stay at home order in effect, you may contact the Township during that time to cancel any 2020 park pavilion reservation date and the Township will refund the full amount of your rental fee. If you do choose to cancel your reservation rather secure a new date, please understand that, due to the stay at home order, it may take longer than normal to process a check for your refund.

If you have not made a park pavilion reservation and would like to do so for later in the summer, you may leave an email message at info@sjct.org or leave a phone message at (269) 429-7703 or send a request via postal mail. You will be sent a facility reservation agreement that will need to be completed by the responsible party. Your date will be secured, subject to availability, when the following is processed by the Township: a completed agreement (must be signed) along with a copy of an I.D. of the responsible party and check or credit card info. (name, address, credit card #, expiration date, and three digit code on the back of the card) for the full amount of the rental fee. Credit card use is subject to a 3% non-refundable fee. Rental fees are listed on the Township website www.sjct.org under Departments/Parks Dept. Required reservation information may be sent to the Township via, email, or postal mail. After the reservation is processed, a copy of the form will be sent to the responsible party. Note: if you are renting the inside pavilion at Maiden Lane Park you will need to choose a 4 digit code in order to access the pavilion. Please record that code on your facility reservation form.

The Township will re-evaluate this temporary policy when the Governor lifts the stay at home order.

Landfill Passes   

Currently, residents have essential waste services needed with curbside pickup of trash and recycling. The Township will address distribution of spring landfill passes after the Governor's Executive Order to stay at home and shelter in place is lifted.  At that time, the Township will work with the landfill to secure new dates.     


What are the Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 infection? Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

What should I Do if I think I have Been Exposed to if Infected with COVID 19? As a service to our community, Spectrum Health is offering free COVID-19 virtual screenings 24/7 to people who are experiencing symptoms at 616.391.2380.  If you have severe or life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.  Alert your healthcare provider immediately if you think you may be infected with COVID-19, including if you have been exposed to someone with the virus and have signs/symptoms of infection.  If you are experiencing symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider about any recent travel to areas where COVID-19 is spreading.

What can I do to stay well?

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority (TCATA) - Area Bus Routes

Beginning January 15, 2020, TCATA has added an additional bus route, the "Yellow Route" which will run Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  The route starts at the TCATA office on Wall St. in Benton Harbor and goes to InterCare in Benton Harbor with bus runs in both directions.  In addition to the Yellow route TCATA also offers the "Blue Route" (City of Benton Harbor and Benton Township area) and the "Red Route (Benton Harbor, St, Joseph, St. Joseph Township and Stevensville area).  Click here for further information.     

Census Takers In Your Neighborhood

Click here for further information 


Updates on the Census response rate as of May 10th, show that 78.9% of St. Joseph Charter Township residents have completed the census. If you have not already completed your Census information, we urge you to do so.  Every household’s response makes a difference! 

There are three ways to complete the census:

1.  Online – 

Responding Online

The 2020 Census is happening now! You can respond online using your computer, phone, or tablet. You can also respond by phone or by mail.


Getting Started

You can respond to the 2020 Census by visiting our online questionnaire.

The 2020 Census is for everyone. RESPOND


If you are responding online, please note that you cannot save your progress and that you must complete the census in one sitting. (You can preview the questions asked here.)

Language Support You can complete the online questionnaire in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.


Your Unique Census ID

The quickest way to respond to the 2020 Census is online with your Census ID, which easily links your response with your address. However, you can still respond if you don't have a Census ID.

Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. These mailings began arriving between March 12-20. After clicking the "Start Questionnaire" button on the online form, you will be prompted to enter your Census ID. By April 1, most homes will have received an invitation to respond. Homes that have not already responded will receive a paper questionnaire in mid-April. From May through July, census takers will follow up in person with every home that has not responded to the census.

Trouble Finding Your Census ID?

Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. All Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers). These census mailings are marked with the 2020 Census logo and show the U.S. Department of Commerce in the return address. Visit What To Look for in the Mail to see images of where the ID is located on different Census Bureau mailings.

If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau yet, you can still respond online. Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

Confirm That Your Form Is Complete

Once you complete your questionnaire online, a confirmation number will appear to indicate that your response was submitted successfully.

If you do not see a confirmation page, return to the online questionnaire and resubmit.

2.  By Phone – 

Responding by Phone

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can now respond online, by phone, or by mail.


Getting Started

The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020. To see an image of the questionnaire, and for more information on answering each question, please visit Questions Asked. You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020, or call the number associated with your preferred language below.

Language Support

The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in the below languages.

English and Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time on the following phone lines: · English (for 50 states and Washington, D.C.): 844-330-2020 · Spanish (for 50 states and Washington, D.C.): 844-468-2020 · English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020 · Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020 · TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

Non-English and Non-Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 10 pm Eastern Time on the following phone lines: · Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020 · Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020 · Vietnamese: 844-461-2020 · Korean: 844-392-2020 · Russian: 844-417-2020 · Arabic: 844-416-2020 · Tagalog: 844-478-2020 · Polish: 844-479-2020 · French: 844-494-2020 · Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020 · Portuguese: 844-474-2020 · Japanese: 844-460-2020

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.

Request a Callback

The Census Bureau is offering a callback option to better respond to requests during periods of high call volume.

When the callback option is presented, simply provide your preferred phone number and time of day for a return call, and an official census representative will call you back to collect your response to the 2020 Census.

Calls From the Census Bureau

In addition to requesting a call back before you respond, there are other circumstances in which you may receive a call from the Census Bureau to the number you provided.

Census workers will occasionally follow up with homes to ask questions about their responses. The goal is to ensure that no person is left out of the census or counted in more than one place.

All responses are kept confidential. The 2020 Census caller will not ask about your financial information or Social Security number. They will only review the responses that you previously provided. If you think you missed a call from the Census Bureau but want to confirm, call 844-330-2020 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

3.  By Mail -

Responding by Mail

To respond to the census, you can mail back the paper questionnaire sent to your home. You can also respond online or by phone.


Getting Started

Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online.

During this time, homes in areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form).

All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone. To see an image of the paper questionnaire, and for more information on answering each question, please visit Questions Asked.

When responding, use blue or black ink to fill in the questionnaire. Do not use a pencil.

When finished, return the questionnaire in the envelope provided. If you have lost your return envelope, please mail your completed questionnaire to: U.S. Census Bureau National Processing Center 1201 E 10th Street Jeffersonville, IN 47132

Verifying Your Questionnaire

There are several ways you can confirm that the 2020 Census questionnaire you received is legitimate: · The outer envelope's return address will say "U.S. Census Bureau" and "U.S. Department of Commerce," which is the Census Bureau's parent agency.

· The return address will also show: U.S. Census Bureau

National Processing Center 100 Logistics Avenue Jeffersonville, IN 47144 · The enclosed envelope for mailing the completed paper questionnaire will be addressed to either Jeffersonville, IN, or Phoenix, AZ, where the Census Bureau has mail processing centers. When in doubt, you can review sample copies of all official Census Bureau mailings for the 2020 Census. LEARN MORE

The Census Bureau will never ask you for:

· Your full Social Security number.

· Your bank account or credit card numbers.

· Anything on behalf of a political party.

· Money or donations.

In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. To learn more, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

Language Support

Bilingual invitations and paper questionnaires in English and Spanish will be sent to select areas of the country.

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers webpages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.

Why is the Census so important?  For the next ten years your response to the 2020 Census will be used to determine: 

* The number of congressional seats distributed to each state (fair representation) 

* If and how state legislative lines are redrawn 

* School and voting districts 

* What community services to provide 

* Funding from the federal government to the Township 

* How more than $675 billion is spent, supporting our state, counties and townships programs. 

Remember…all census information is confidential.  It is illegal for the Census Bureau, or its employees, to share your personal information with any other government agency including law enforcement, IRS, Welfare, FBI, Immigration, etc.  No court of law, not even the President of the United States can access your individual response. 

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Update Discussions Open to the Public

Click here for 7/11/19 revisions to the timeline for zoning ordinance updates.

Zoning Update

The Township has recently been made aware of misinformation that has been published regarding rezoning of properties.  The Township is currently working on a zoning ordinance update, and the purpose of the current zoning update is to achieve a more user-friendly document to work in accordance with the recently completed master plan.  At this time, there is no proposed rezoning of any particular parcel.  However, if at any time rezoning of parcels would be proposed, first a public hearing would be announced and held at the Township Hall.  

Street Light Outages

Report street light outages directly to Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634 or online at their website at https://indianamichiganpower.c....  You will be asked for the nearest cross street or street address and the pole number.  The number is located on a metal tag about eye level on the street light pole.  If you don't have internet access, you may report street light outages to the police department at 269-429-6890.

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

Please click here to see pages 1-50 of the Parks & Recreation Plan.  Please click here to see pages 51-102.

Check out our Facebook page!

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For Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) please click on the following:

FOIA- Public Summary Of Procedures And Guidelines

FOIA- Procedures And Guidelines




Property Tax Information

Property tax information is available online at www.bsaonline.com.  Click on the big green check mark to set up an account.  Our information is listed under the Berrien County blue bar, click on "St. Joseph Charter Township", then "Click Here" on the next page, type in the address and follow directions.    Tax inquiries for property owners are free of charge for any property that they own.  All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each.  You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (269) 932-0269.

Master Plan

Master Plan Part 1 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 2 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 3 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 4 Of 4 2017

Updated May 22, 2020

Special Meetings

  • When scheduled, links to special meeting information will appear below.

Township Meetings

Township Board of Trustees 1st Monday of the Month 12 pm - Workshop 6 pm - Regular Meeting

Planning Commission 6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Monthly

Zoning Board of Appeals 7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)

Meetings are held at the Township Hall and are open to the Public.

2020 Dates the Office will be Closed

Friday, April 10th- Spring Holiday

Friday, May 22nd & Monday, May 25th - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, July 3rd & Monday, July 6th - Fourth of July

Friday, September 4th & Monday, September 7th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th - Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 24th & Friday, December 25th - Christmas

Friday, January 1st - New Year's Day